Remember the Nokia Lumia 520? For years it has been the most popular Windows Phone device

The Nokia Lumia 520 remains the most popular Windows Phone

The Nokia Lumia 520 remains the most popular Windows Phone


The entry level Nokia Lumia 520 has been the most popular Windows Phone model for years. The device was originally unveiled at MWC 2013, and became available in early April of that year. The unit came with Windows Phone 8 out of the box and was updated to Windows Phone 8.1. Earlier this year, data from cross-promotion network AdDuplex revealed that the Lumia 520 was still the most widely used on the platform with a 12.9% share.

The Lumia 520 features a 4-inch screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. The Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC is under the hood with a dual-core 1GHz CPU and the Adreno 305 GPU. 512MB of RAM is inside along with 8GB of internal storage. A 64GB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage. There is only one camera on the device, and it is a rear-facing 5MP snapper with an f/2.4 aperture, but no flash. A 1430 mAh battery keeps the lights on, and it is a replaceable cell. The phone was offered in Black, Yellow, Red and White. The original price of the unit pre-tax was equivalent to less than $200 USD.

A version for T-Mobile, the Nokia Lumia 521, was also available in April 2013. The unit supported the carrier's 4G HSPA+ and had the same specs and design as the Lumia 520. In November 2013, AT&T offered the Lumia 520 price off-contract at just $49.99 for the holiday season. That was half of the usual $99.99 price charged for the phone by AT&T's GoPhone pre-paid service.

We gave the Nokia Lumia 520 an 8 on our review, noting the value for money objective that Nokia had in mind. And we must say that Nokia must have done something right considering how popular the handset has been for more than three years. You can read the review by clicking on this link.


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Lumia 521
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9h 3G talk time)
Lumia 520
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I use it twice but is very expensive in my country.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I had a white 521 from TMO. Nifty little device at the time and ran great with WP8. Considering that Windows runs the same across all devices, you weren't missing much compared to the high-end Windows Phones of the day. If it had a camera flash, it probably would've done better at the checkout counter.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I remember not buying it and turned to 720 coz it doesn't have tap to wake and glance screen or am I wrong?

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

The most popular Windows Phone ever.... (since Windows Phone is already extinct)

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

This phone sells in 2013 simply because it has no competition, cheap and lag free back then. Now in 2016, you can buy a random Chinese phone with 4gb RAM 4000mah battery with same price, you wouldn't consider getting wp anymore.

6. rkoforever90

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

lumia 540 and 640 is still way cheaper than no name chinese phones in my country

7. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Yeah, I member

8. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

I still use my nokia 640 and it's still fun to use. Coming from a Note 5 and iphone 6s+ that is.

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